Stock Analysis

  1. Gulf Of Mexico Still A Hotspot

    March 27, 2009
    A recent auction proves that oil companies are still making moves in the Gulf of Mexico. Find out which companies are making ...
  2. Natural Gas ETF Future Prospects

    March 23, 2009
    Natural gas ETFs are burning bright into the future.
  3. Is It Time To Jump On Railcar Companies?

    March 16, 2009
    Railcar companies have seen earnings protected by a strong backlog and seem to have discounted a downturn.
  4. Is It Time For A Templeton Play?

    March 12, 2009
    This investing guru has scored big on value plays. We analyze the Templeton strategy for today's market.
  5. Should You Go With High Insider Ownership?

    March 11, 2009
    Can high insider ownership give a false signal?
  6. Which ETF To Choose: Small Cap Vs. Large Cap

    March 9, 2009
    To get ahead, investors need to focus on rebalancing and diversification, rather than one asset class.
  7. Business Education Courtesy Of Berkshire's Shareholder Letter

    March 4, 2009
    Warren Buffett's 2008 Berkshire Hathaway 2008 shareholder letter demonstrates how to manage businesses through thick and ...
  8. Avoid The Dividend Trap

    March 4, 2009
    Finance experts like Suze Orman suggest any investment in stocks should have a dividend. Learn why that's not necessarily ...
  9. Lender Processing Services Your Mortgage

    February 25, 2009
    This business process outsourcing company is thriving on the mortgage meltdown and down economy.
  10. Investing In State Farm's Starting Five

    February 23, 2009
    Creativity is the key to developing investment ideas.
  11. To Hedge Or Not To Hedge - That Is The Question

    February 23, 2009
    The exploration and production industry lock in the price of its product to lower the volatility of earnings.
  12. Take Finding And Development Costs With A Grain Of Salt

    February 19, 2009
    These costs should not be taken at face value and should be a starting point for further research.
  13. The Joys And Pains Of 3X Returns

    February 17, 2009
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  14. Leverage

    February 15, 2009
    1. The use of various financial instruments or borrowed capital, such as margin, to increase the potential return of an investment. ...
  15. Gross Income

    February 15, 2009
    1. An individual's total personal income, before accounting for taxes or deductions. 2. A company's revenue minus cost of ...
  16. Be Your Own Loan Shark With Bank Loan Funds

    February 12, 2009
    Investors who take on a little risk in senior loan funds may be rewarded handsomely as prices reset in the next few years.
  17. Playing The Dividend Payout Game

    January 26, 2009
    Tumbling markets cause some investors to seek returns through dividends. But is this a prudent profit-making move?
  18. Ceiling Falls On Exploration And Production Sector

    January 20, 2009
    Exploration and production companies' use of esoteric accounting charges caused a sharp decline in commodity prices.
  19. High-Volume Breakouts Signal A Move Higher

    January 13, 2009
    Traders will keep an eye on these high-volume events to see if they trigger a new uptrend.
  20. Bullish Flag Formation Signaling A Move Higher

    January 5, 2009
    Find out which stocks are trading within a bullish charting formation
  21. Five Dividend Darlings With Low Payout Ratios

    December 17, 2008
    Five stocks with high dividend yields versus stock price and EPS with a focus on Harley Davidson and Oshkosh.
  22. Naughty Stocks For A Nice Portfolio

    December 10, 2008
    Can these five sin stocks shield you from the ups and downs of a chaotic market?
  23. Making Your Investments Pay: Equity Income ETFs

    December 4, 2008
    The flight to extreme quality has reduced treasury yields to non-inflation beating instruments. Income ETFs are now ripe ...
  24. 4 Double-Cross Buy Signs

    December 1, 2008
    Will the double crossover on MACD and Stochastic indicators trigger a move higher?
  25. Foot Locker A Bad Fit For This Economy

    November 27, 2008
    Foot Locker couldn't meet estimates in its third quarter. It could be a long, cold winter for this footwear retailer.
  26. Your Standard Oil Portfolio

    November 26, 2008
    Five companies remain from the Standard Oil breakup in 1911. Investors who built a portfolio around them would have crushed ...
  27. 5 Value Stocks Ben Graham Would Love

    November 24, 2008
    Net current asset value can uncover buried treasure. We examine five consumer discretionary stocks trading below NCAV.
  28. The Risks Of Triple-Leveraged ETFs

    November 19, 2008
    New highly levered ETFs grant exposure to triple the return on an index, either short or long, but they aren't for the faint ...
  29. Infrastructure Substitutes For Bechtel

    November 13, 2008
    It's too bad you can't buy stock in privately held Bechtel, but we've come up with a few solid alternatives that should also ...
  30. Will Ford Go The Way Of The Edsel?

    November 10, 2008
    Ford's Q3 was even more dismal than expected with the company facing still weaker sales and burning through cash.
  31. Bulls Waiting For MNST To Break Higher

    November 5, 2008
    Traders will add this stock to their watch lists because a move above the nearby resistance will trigger a move higher
  32. The Eternal Struggle: Growth Vs. Value

    October 24, 2008
    Learn the difference between growth and value, and which one wins in the current economic scenario.
  33. SEC Allowing Too Many Secrets On Wall Street

    October 15, 2008
    Confidential treatment orders allow corporations to avoid disclosure and protect their secrets, but are they too easily granted?
  34. The Dreaded DAC Charge Hits Life Insurers

    October 15, 2008
    Deferred acquisition costs will begin to infect life insurer balance sheets. Learn who's in line to feel the pain.
  35. China ETFs Move With The Market

    October 13, 2008
    China's ETFs responded to the rate cuts Monday and moved with the market. Can this momentum continue?
  36. A Brush With Royalty Trusts

    October 13, 2008
    These three high yielding trusts have become even more attractive after the recent selloff.
  37. The Importance Of The Cash Conversion Cycle

    October 10, 2008
    Follow these examples to add cash conversion cycle to your stock analysis toolkit.
  38. Abbott Labs Shows Textbook Case For Turnaround

    October 9, 2008
    ABT is nearing a long-term support level, which could prop up the price of the shares.
  39. CNH Global Makes Its Case

    October 6, 2008
    Tractor manufacturer CNH Global is the top agricultural value play right now, bar none.
  40. Check Out Time At Marriott

    October 3, 2008
    The hotel chain did surprisingly well in the third quarter, but investors shouldn't expect the rest of the year to be as ...
  41. Cypress Semiconductor Spinoff Confuses Investors

    October 2, 2008
    Cypress Semiconductor spun off SunPower confusing many in the market who thought the shares dropped 70%.
  42. Has Anyone Seen Glass Or Steagall?

    September 18, 2008
    Legislation's effect on the creation of universal banks like Citigroup and the latest entry Bank of America.
  43. Gmarket: The Ebay Of The East

    August 26, 2008
    Gmarket is winning the ecommerce battle in Korea and has designs on the rest of Asia. Learn why online giant Ebay is looking ...
  44. Buy Into Berkshire's Struggles

    August 25, 2008
    Warren Buffett's firm has been struggling in 2008 as it underperforms the major benchmarks. It could be time to take advantage ...
  45. Heckmann Loves Other People's Money

    August 14, 2008
    Richard Heckmann has been buying companies for years, usually with other people's money. We'll look at his latest foray into ...
  46. Four ETFs For Long-Term Energy Bulls

    August 8, 2008
    Explore four ETFs that are an excellent low-cost and liquid way to play a bounce after the recent energy selloff.
  47. Diamond Hill Follows Graham's Lead

    July 31, 2008
    Diamond Hill uses the teaching of Warren Buffett's mentor Benjamin Graham to protect investors assets.
  48. The Short Side Of EAFE

    July 30, 2008
    European, Asian and Far East markets are supposed to rise when U.S. markets fall, but not lately. Does going international ...
  49. Two Candlestick Patterns Predicting A Bottom

    July 24, 2008
    This article tries to find some bottoms in four stocks using two different candlestick patterns.
  50. Knowing When To Rebalance

    July 23, 2008
    Creating a schedule or setting performance limits can keep your portfolio rebalancing on track. We highlight a few funds ...
  51. Shariah Compliance Principles

    July 11, 2008
    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  52. Five Stocks For The Socially Responsible Investor

    June 25, 2008
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  53. Hedge Inflation With Gold ETFs

    June 25, 2008
    Gold ETFs provide a refuge for investors. We examine top funds that focus on bullion, mining and futures contracts.
  54. Bidding Frenzy Hits Genetic Testing Stocks

    June 13, 2008
    Genetic testing to assess future disease risk is about to go mainstream. This promted a take-over free-for-all in the sector.
  55. Five Must-Ask Questions Before Taking The IPO Bait

    May 16, 2008
    IPOs often make great discussion but lousy investments. Learn how to avoid getting burned.
  56. Who's Really Winning The Heart-Stent Race?

    May 14, 2008
    All the stent makers claim they're the sole industry leader. We help cut through the clutter.
  57. Five Big Bears Ready To Roar On May 13

    May 13, 2008
    Weekly commentary on some of the biggest bears in the market. This week features Washington Mutual.
  58. Following Buffett Into South Korea

    May 8, 2008
    At Berkshire's annual meeting, Warren Buffett highlighted South Korea as an attractive market. We examine some key players.
  59. Citigroup Sheds $12 billion In Risky Loans

    April 9, 2008
    Frozen credit markets may be beginning to thaw. Citi managed to sell $12 billion in leveraged loans, and other sales could ...
  60. Sipping The Good Stuff

    March 27, 2008
    Scotch Whisky is one of the fastest growing products in the liquor business. Learn which companies are cashing in.
  61. The Stealth Wealth In Municipal Bonds

    March 24, 2008
    For a few municipal bond ETFs the present risk within muni markets might actually be a blessing in disguise.
  62. Pick A Retirement Date: Target-Date Funds Will Do The Rest

    March 20, 2008
    If stock picking makes your palms sweat and asset-allocation strategies make your head spin, these mutual funds can help.
  63. AnnTaylor Crushes The Competition In Style

    March 19, 2008
    An impressive and improving gross margin set AnnTaylor apart from its high-end rivals. It now has the flexibility to survive ...
  64. Heelys Rolls Off Course

    March 6, 2008
    Heelys saw a 78% drop in sales versus Q4 last year. The wheeled shoe fad is over, and Heelys has nowhere to go and nothing ...
  65. Kroger Co

    December 19, 2007
    On August 14, we mentioned that the bears pushed Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) toward the support of an ascending trendline. We noted ...
  66. Toll Brothers Finally Nearing A Bottom? (TOL)

    December 11, 2007
    Toll Brothers released its Q4 earnings and they were bad, but there were also some good points. Is it worth a second look?
  67. Green Investing: ETFs vs. Individual Stocks

    November 13, 2007
    Discover which strategy suits your style: the safety of ETFs, or the volatile, yet possibly explosive returns of individual ...
  68. Five Green Mutual Funds You Need To Know

    November 1, 2007
    Green investing has been providing investors great returns. We examine five funds to help you get in on the action.
  69. Learning From The Market's Mistakes

    October 26, 2007
    We examine how the crash of 1987 and the recent subprime meltdown serve as important learning experiences for investors.
  70. 'High Touch' Equals High Return (MON, MMM, ECL)

    September 20, 2007
    We examine three companies responding to the backlash against hi-tech, computer-driven sales by adding the human touch.
  71. Buyer Beware In Biotech ETFs

    August 27, 2007
    The biotech sector has been flat this year, and the five biotech ETFs have been hit and miss - mainly miss.
  72. Prison Stock 'That's Hot' (CXW, GEO)

    June 29, 2007
    Paris Hilton's recent jail stint has investors thinking about private jails. Learn why three jail stocks are hitting new ...
  73. GE vs 3M -- Who's Better After Earnings?

    April 27, 2007
    A side-by-side comparison of two conglomerate heavyweights.
  74. Unlocking Value In Closed-ended Funds

    April 18, 2007
    A look at three Closed-ended mutual funds that offer great opportunities for investors to profit.
  75. Business Intelligence for Dummies

    April 10, 2007
    An overview of the Business Intelligence industry and what opportunities it presents for investors.
  76. The Effects of the Altria-Kraft Spin-Off (MO, KFT)

    March 26, 2007
    An interesting look at the effects the Altria-Kraft spin-off could bring to the major stock market indices.
  77. Starbucks' Growth Aspirations Might Come at a Cost (SBUX)

    March 26, 2007
    Starbucks has a bold plan to open 10,000 new stores, but such rapid expansion in a short time could come at a high price.
  78. Starbucks' Dream of 40,000 Stores

    March 21, 2007
    Starbucks wants to reach 40,000 outlets, but the economy and McDonald's could block that goal.
  79. Starbucks Set To Pick Up (SBUX)

    February 20, 2007
    With strong growth prospects in the mix, SBUX shares look like a good bargain at current prices.
  80. Equity Office Properties Nears a Decision (EOD)

    February 2, 2007
    A high profile private equity deal highlights the hidden value of good dividend-paying REITs.
  81. Margin of Error (SUN)

    December 29, 2006
    Lower margins and higher expansion costs should keep Sunoco shares in check.
  82. Public Private Equity (ACAS)

    November 2, 2006
    Publicly-traded private equity firms offer investors an opportunity to invest in an otherwise exclusive market.
  83. JoS. A. Bank Redux (JOSB)

    September 13, 2006
    Since the end of August, investors in JOSB have had a roller coaster ride. JOSB is a long-term value and investors should ...
  84. Don't Give Up On Sprint (S)

    August 14, 2006
    Sprint Nextel investors shouldn’t write off the possibility of a turnaround.
  85. Weakness At Target A Reason For Concern (TGT)

    July 18, 2006
    With an economic slowdown in the mix, Target may feel the pinch more than investors expect.
  86. What Volatility Really Means

    May 25, 2006
    When it comes to volatile, high-risk stocks, it's often much easier to talk the talk than it is to walk the walk.
  87. Blackboard's Great Business Model

    March 1, 2006
    A look at the education technology company's recent acquistion and prospects for the future.
  88. Taking a Closer Look at Chemical Companies

    December 6, 2005
    The chemical sector may be painted with an outdated brush there might be a lot more opportunity here than many investors ...
  89. Taking Beverages to the Extreme

    October 14, 2005
    One of the hotest markets in the US over the last five years has been energy drinks. But can the growth continue?
  90. The Most Important Metric You Forgot

    October 4, 2005
    The cash conversion cycle (or cash cycle) is one of the best early-warning systems available to you. Let's take a closer ...
  91. You Know It Is a Real Estate Bubble When...

    October 3, 2005
    We've all heard about the "real estate bubble". But can't we all make money in real estate? Can't we all get rich by flipping ...
  92. Our Top Down Approach

    May 20, 2005
    Learn about how we use a top-down approach in our stock selections.
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